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While the extremely well-off have their own mansions in The Hamptons to
motor helicopter out to every weekend this summer, the rest of us will have to make do with some temporary lodgings.
If you don't feel like sharing a house with eight randoms or if you think you will only make it out for a couple of weekends, then hotels are the way to go. And fortunately, the Hamptons have been making some headway in the hotel scene, mainly in Montauk.
Here are 6 hotels you may want to check into to check out the Hamptons scene. Warning: They are expensive, even during the week.
1. Surf Lodge: The Surf Lodge in Montauk is known more for its nightlife, which includes stellar concert performances every weekend (Willie Nelson!), and its restaurant, Byron, rather than its hotel rooms but should you lay your weary but well-coiffed head here you won't be disappointed by the breezy light colors and the beachy, if minimalist, decor.
Rates start at $495 a night for a room with a queen bed in mid-June. But rooms seem to be going fast.
2. The Crow's Nest Inn and Restaurant, Lake Montauk: Run by hotelier Sean MacPherson, the Crow's Nest is a very intimate hotel about a mile and a half miles east of Montauk with just 14 rooms, each with a king bed and a private deck. If you love the Bowery and the Maritime Hotels, then Crow's Nest is right up your Hamptons getaway alley. The property also has a two bedroom cottage available for rent and Guest of a Guest reports that two more cottages named The David Pharaoh Cottages (named after the last Native American king of Montauk), will be available for rent soon as well. These will have access to a private beach, along with kitchenettes and a private lakefront patio.
Rooms start at $500 a night for a weekend in mid-June. The cottages will, of course, be much higher.
3. Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina : This is a full-service resort with four restaurants and bars, a spa, two outdoor pools, family and kids programs and as promised, boats. Lots of boats. Real Housewives love this place too since Kelly Bensimon will be hosting a book signing party there on Saturday, June 1 from 3 to 5pm. Her book? "In the Spirit of The Hamptons." Fitting!
Rates start at $499 a night for an Admiral room with two double beds or a Villa room with a king bed.
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We brought you the 2013 WiFi Report last week, and today we're here to tell you which hotels in NYC you can count on for free WiFi. Here are a few of our faves…
Indigo Chelsea: This isn't the kind of place you go for a buzzing lobby scene or super luxe rooms. However, with a super-friendly staff and great midtown location, you can't go wrong. Rates from $293/night.
Ace Hotel: Sure, there's free WiFi. But with all the action going on at this hotel (lobby bar, Breslin restaurant, shops, and basement performance venue), will you actually get any work done? Rates from $289/night.
Andaz Fifth Avenue: Fifth Avenue shoppers will love this WiFi-enabled gem, where you can spend the day hitting up Louis Vuitton and Bergdorf Goodman, and then come home and play with those awesome welcome amenities. Rates from $432/night.
A Downtown News report cited Chetrit group officials (the folk who own the building) saying a June opening was possible for the Hotel Clark on Hill Street.
We checked in with the downtown LA expert, Brigham Yen, who runs the DTLA Rising website, and he said a June opening "might be a little ambitious", but he believes the opening is imminent--maybe as soon as this summer. Yen said the interior of the property is pretty much done and when he walked by the property a week and a half ago and there were already "drastic" improvements to the exterior from when he last posted on the property on March 21. Plus the rooftop pool is already finished!
Of course, a June opening could always get sidelined by the liquor license process (already a group has opposed it for this hotel) and the long wait time to receive a certificate of occupancy. Yet considering the plans to turn the historic Hotel Clark have been in the works since 2008, we'll be ready whenever this joint opens up. No word on what the rates will be like but we're hoping it'll be less than $200 a night.
[Photo: Elan Feldman for DTLA Rising]
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It's been a longtime coming but it looks like Downtown Los Angeles is about to get the hotel renaissance it so desperately needs. With the exception of the awful tragedy last month, the chatter about the downtown LA hotel scene has us tremendously excited. Here are updates on the hotels we look forward to seeing:
ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LA: So far things are still very much a go for the Ace Hotel and its website promises a 2013 opening. Yay! We can't wait to see what they do with the landmarked United Artists building, a former movie theater built in 1927. We're guessing the vibe will be film noir heavy but don't forget, this Ace will also have a pool.
King & Grove Williamsburg, or, as it was formerly known, Hotel Williamsburg, made a pretty big splash when it first opened in 2011 as Williamsburg's first proper boutique hotel. With a nice big flashy outdoor pool deck, a rooftop, and even a trendy restaurant with locally-sourced ingredients, all the elements seemed in place.
Then things started to go wrong. First, the restaurant got shut down after being open for just one month. Shortly after, the hotel announced it had been taken over by King & Grove, with "exciting changes" on the way (that we've yet to see).
Then, last May, The Wythe Hotel opened two blocks away, trumping K&G Williamsburg in almost every way (original design, hip crowd, view-tastic rooftop bar, and a restaurant that actually stayed open).
Now, a year later, we're wondering what's up with King & Grove Williamsburg?
We said way, way back in 2011 we predicted that King & Grove Williamsburg's pool would likely be the most talked-about part of the hotel. For two reasons: 1) hanging out "by the cabanas" is kind of a rare thing to do in Brooklyn, and 2) the hotel's opening coincided with the big re-opening of a public pool across the street that likely wasn't going to be big enough to fit the entire neighborhood.
Needless to say, both pools have become pretty in-demand.
But now, K&G Williamsburg has installed a new online reservation system that sells pool tickets to non-hotel guests. But the tickets don't come cheap. And like most things in New York, the scene can get very crowded very fast.
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We learned in May that the historic Jehovah's Witness HQ would be converted back into a boutique hotel. And since then, it's also come out that some of the guys at King & Grove will be vaguely associated with the hotel, yet it definitely won't be tied to any national chain or brand. Hm.
Yet Kaufman, a designer mainly credited with big-brand projects in NYC like GEM Union Square, the world's tallest Holiday Inn, and the Holiday Inn Express-Candlewood Suites-Hampton Inn "tri-pack" on 39th St, is the one who's been chosen to tackle the Bossert. Will he be able to switch gears so easily?
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It's been a busy year for King & Grove Hotels, the boutique hotel brand started by former Morgans Hotel Group CEO Ed Scheetz and Ben Pundole, the former Director of Entertainment at Morgans. (You may remember him as the man who brought SPiN Ping Pong to the Mondrian LA.)
King & Grove started out just over a year ago with two boutique properties in the Hamptons before going on to assume management of The Tides South Beach, the Hotel Williamsburg, the Hotel Chelsea and the Hotel Lola as well as plotting out two hotels for downtown Los Angeles. But it looks like all the fast expansion has taken its toll on the brand's foundation--specifically Pundole.
The NY Post reports that Pundole resigned from K&G on Thursday after the promise of ownership and control of the company from Scheetz and K&G's other owner Joseph Chetrit--whose Chetrit Group has bought several of the hotels that K&G is operating--fell through. A source gave the lowdown on the exit to the Post:
Ben has been treated pretty unfairly. Ben created Ruschmeyer’s, which has been a wild success, and was the creator of this new hotel brand. He found and hired most of the employees and even found the Williamsburg, which they purchased on his suggestion, and now he’s walking away with nothing. Chetrit and Scheetz are taking his hard work, contacts and hip following.
Her name was Lola, she was an independent hotel before being picked up by King & Grove.
King & Grove Hotels have been on an acquisition spree since the beginning of the year, picking up the Hotel Wiliamsburg and The Hotel Chelsea as well as planning two hotels for downtown Los Angeles. (We're still trying to confirm if they have picked up The Versailles in Miami. So far, nothing is final.)
Now our deep throat hotel sources tell us King & Grove has added another NYC hotel to their stylish portfolio--Hotel Lola on 29th and Madison.
Yes, we were already introduced to the Hotel Williamsburg four months ago, but since it's no longer called the Hotel Williamsburg, and will be undergoing several major changes over the next few months, it seems we'll have to get re-acquainted with this place all over again.
And in the process of doing so, it might be worth exploring how much Williamsburg will be a representation of future King & Grove hotels to come. For example, will all K&G hotels exist slightly outside of major metropolises (like in South Beach and Montauk)? Will they share any common design themes? Will they all have pools?
In other (not so) surprising developments today, it looks like King & Grove have finally made a move on the third property in their rapidly-growing portfolio of US boutique hotels. Starting today—as in, right now—the Hotel Williamsburg will be known simply as King & Grove Williamsburg, with a bunch of other changes on the way.
They still have all the old Hotel Williamsburg logos and branding up, but new signage will gradually be popping up over the next few months (which is a relief—we always found the promo images clashed with the conservative look of the actual hotel).
Add to that: a fresh re-design of the rooms, plus a new restaurant and bar concept. Hopefully, something beyond the whole farm-to-table gimmick, which is not only played out, but will also be featured in King & Grove Williamsburg's new neighbor, The Wythe.
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Wow, King & Grove sure is growing fast. The still-new hospitality company with two properties in Montauk and one in Miami has hotels in the works in L.A. and New York City. But what's this? It looks like there could be a second Miami hotel coming to their portfolio, too.
We heard a rumor that King and Grove was working on renovating Miami's Versailles Hotel (formerly a condo-hotel), which is located on Collins Avenue in the 30s. Positioned to become the hot new spot on Miami Beach, the stretch is already home to The Palms and The Edition South Beach, with Faena Saxony (the hotel formerly known as Cipriani Miami) on the way. Adding a King and Grove property to the mix would cement this as the most exciting couple of blocks in Miami Hotel Land.